The new RS6 is available in Avant-branded wagon form only, and in four trim levels – the cheapest of which starts at £92,750. That’s a lot of money, clearly, but not an exorbitant figure when viewed in the context of the Audi’s current competitor set.

It’s also made to seem more reasonable than it otherwise might in light of the fact that it’s roughly what an averagely equipped entry-level Porsche 911 sports car will cost you in 2020. With the first car costing just under £60,000 in 2004, the same comparison could have been made when the first RS6 Avant was launched in the UK.

Despite costing more than its rivals when new, the RS6 should retain a greater percentage of its original value than the AMG E63 Estate or the BMW M5 saloon

The new car’s trim levels progress upwards from stock RS6 trim, through Carbon Black and Launch Edition versions, to culminate in near fully loaded Vorsprung, for which Audi is asking just shy of £110,000.

All cars get four-wheel steering, matrix LED active headlights, fully digital instruments and privacy glass as standard, while the Carbon Black version has slightly different exterior body trim from the glossier Launch Edition and Vorsprung versions.

Only with Vorsprung do you get Dynamic Ride Control interlinked suspension, Audi Sport’s active exhaust, a premium Bang & Olufsen stereo, a head-up display and a full suite of active driver aids for no extra cost, though.

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